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Louis Bouche Portrait

Louis Bouche

New York, New York 1896

Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1969

Photo Caption:
Louis Bouche in his studio, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0001232

Luce Artist Quote

"My whole approach to painting is . . . one of excitement, and when I see something I want to paint, I just go to it." Louis Bouché, Oral History, August 7, 1959, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution


Painter, muralist and teacher at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. In the 1920s he managed Wanamaker's Belmaison Galleries, the first modern art gallery in a department store in New York City.

Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)

Additional Biographies

Luce Artist Biography

Louis Bouché's father knew many art dealers and Louis remembered playing in galleries as a child, surrounded by European paintings. He moved to France when he was thirteen and repeatedly missed lessons so that he could attend the Académie Colarossi and the Grande Chaumière art schools. His mother eventually found him a tutor in Brittany, and the young artist spent several summers there, painting images of the landscape and local fishermen. Bouché returned to America after the outbreak of World War I and settled in New York, where he painted murals and taught at the Art Students League. (Louis Bouché, Oral History, August 7, 1959, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)